|Publication number||US7806901 B2|
|Application number||US 11/378,813|
|Publication date||Oct 5, 2010|
|Filing date||Mar 17, 2006|
|Priority date||Mar 17, 2006|
|Also published as||US20070233152|
|Publication number||11378813, 378813, US 7806901 B2, US 7806901B2, US-B2-7806901, US7806901 B2, US7806901B2|
|Inventors||Shawn Stad, Mark Gracia|
|Original Assignee||Depuy Spine, Inc.|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (26), Non-Patent Citations (3), Referenced by (25), Classifications (9), Legal Events (2)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
The leading cause of lower back pain arises from rupture or degeneration of lumbar intervertebral discs. Pain in the lower extremities is caused by the compression of spinal nerve roots by a bulging disc, while lower back pain is caused by collapse of the disc and by the adverse effects of articulation weight through a damaged, unstable vertebral joint. One proposed method of managing these problems is to remove the problematic disc and replace it with a prosthetic disc that allows for the natural motion between the adjacent vertebrae (“a motion disc”).
As arthroplasty becomes a more common method of treating degenerative disc disease and low back pain, there will be a greater need to ensure that the implant is properly seated to avoid the occurrence of implant migration. However, as spine arthroplasty is relatively new to the global spine community, there is a lack of instrumentation available to assist the surgeons with intraoperative adjustments to the implant positioning.
Therefore, it is an objective of the present invention to provide an instrument that assists with the intraoperative or final positioning of a spine arthroplasty device to reduce the potential for implant migration.
The present invention relates to an instrument that can be used for the final seating of an intervertebral motion disc implant that has already been inserted into the disc space by pressing its fixation teeth, keels or other fixation fixtures present upon the outer surface of the prosthetic endplates into the bony endplates of the patient, thereby reducing the potential for implant migration.
This instrument is adapted to be inserted between opposing prosthetic endplates that have been inserted into the disc space and provide a force in the superior and inferior directions. These forces press the implant fixation features of the prosthetic endplates into the vertebral endplates, thereby enhancing the resistance of the implant to movement.
Therefore, in accordance with the present invention, there is provided)an assembly for seating an implant in an intervertebral disc space, comprising:
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In the first embodiment, outer surfaces of the four flanges contact the anterior portions of the inner surface of each endplate and distract them in opposite directions to press the anteriorly—located fixation features of the outer surfaces of the prosthetic endplates into the bone.
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Because these flanges 45,47 reach further into the posterior recesses of the disc space, upon instrument actuation, they are able to press both anterior and posterior fixation features of the prosthetic endplate into the bony anatomy.
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In the third embodiment, the final seating instrument can be used to first press the fixation features of a first prosthetic endplate into the bony anatomy, and then press the fixation features of a second prosthetic endplate into the bony anatomy. In this embodiment, the distally extending flanges of the instrument press against the inner surface of one prosthetic endplate while the opposite distal end portion of the instrument rests upon the opposite vertebral body. Once the fixation features of one endplate have been seated, the instrument is flipped and the procedure is repeated to press the fixation features of the opposite prosthetic endplate into the bony anatomy.
In the fourth embodiments the final seating instrument comprises a single superior flange and a single inferior flange, and provides for unilateral seating of the opposed endplates.
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Therefore, in accordance with the present invention, there is provided a fourth embodiment of the present invention, disclosing a seating instrument for seating an endplate of an intervertebral motion disc having an anterior wall, an outer surface adapted for attachment to a vertebra and an inner surface, comprising:
In a fifth embodiment (not shown), the final seating instrument comprises nested flanges, wherein the nesting increases the strength of the instrument.
In some embodiments, the instrument of the present invention is integral. In other embodiments, the instrument of the present invention is provided with modular tips.
In some embodiments, the instrument of the present invention operates with a scissor-like, non-parallel pivoting arrangement. In other embodiments, the instrument of the present invention operates with a parallel action pivoting arrangement.
In some embodiments, as shown, the instrument may have a double action hinge. However, in other embodiments, the instrument may have a single action hinge.
Preferably, the first pivot junction is provided at a location sufficient to produce a mechanical advantage of at least 2:1, more preferably at least 5:1.
Typically, the components of the present invention can be made out of any material commonly used in medical instruments. If the device is designed to be reusable, then it is preferred that all the components be made of stainless steel. If the device is designed to be disposable, then it is preferred that some of the components be made of plastic. Preferably, at least one component is sterilized. More preferably, each component is sterilized.
Preferred articulating motion devices for use with the present invention are disclosed in U.S. Pat. Nos. 5,556,431 and 5,674,296, the specifications of which are incorporated by reference. These are three piece articulating motion discs.
In some embodiments, the general structure of the three piece articulating motion disc comprises:
In some embodiments, the general structure of the articulating motion disc is a two piece design and comprises:
Preferably, the articulation interfaces form partial spheres.
The instrument of the present invention can be adapted for use in the final seating of motion discs adapted for any of the lumbar, thoracic or cervical spine regions. In some embodiments wherein the motion disc is adapted for use in the lumbar region, the three-piece design having a core is selected. In some embodiments wherein the motion disc is adapted for use in the cervical region, the two-piece design is selected.
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|U.S. Classification||606/99, 623/17.14|
|International Classification||A61F2/00, A61B17/58, A61B17/60|
|Cooperative Classification||A61F2002/4628, A61F2/4611, A61F2002/4622|
|Mar 17, 2006||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: DEPUY SPINE, INC., MASSACHUSETTS
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNORS:STAD, SHAWN;GRACIA, MARK;REEL/FRAME:017659/0771
Effective date: 20060316
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